Talent Director Salary

Talent Directors in the United States take home an average $103K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Female Talent Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Talent Directors. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$62,122 - $152,645
MEDIAN: $103,004

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$63,229 - $173,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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Job Description for Talent Director

Talent directors serve an upper-management position within HR (human resources) to create a work environment aligned with their organization's goals, as well as recruit and retain highly effective employees and manage other members of the recruiting department. They work primarily in an office, but may travel to different offices or sites depending on the company's needs.


Talent Director Tasks

  • Liaise between actors, directors and agents to negotiate contracts, set appointments and hold auditions.
  • Lead talent management strategy to ensure talent is developed to and reaches its full potential.
  • Interview, audition and hire performers to fill various roles.
  • Match specific talent types to appropriate roles for motion picture, radio, theatre and other entertainment.

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Pay by Experience Level for Talent Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Talent Directors. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $77K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $88K on average. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $123K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $130K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.


78 %
22 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 99%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 3%